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 Header Item Estimates for Public Services 2019: Motion (Continued)
 Header Item Messages from Select Committee
 Header Item Estimates for Public Services 2019: Message from Select Committee
 Header Item Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters
 Header Item Rent Freeze (Fair Rent) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members]

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 991 No. 3

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Patrick O'Donovan: Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan] Those pressures have to be paid for, however. Is anybody really suggesting we should not pay the increases factored in by way of pay agreements and that may not have been envisaged at the start of the budgetary cycle? Is anybody really saying the €335 million to go into the healthcare system should not be invested because of the pressures? Is anybody really suggesting an additional €68 million should not be invested in the education system to address a range of demographic issues, such as the recruitment of additional teachers, changes in pay for teachers, the recruitment of additional special needs assistants and the changing of school transport. Those of us from rural areas know how difficult it is to get transport for children. Changes were made this year in this regard. It all costs money.

At the same time, Deputy Broughan is right about the future reduction of the pupil-teacher ratio. I hope that will continue. That costs money also.

This is nothing new. It is to be noted that the funding, €634 million, is less than that for 2018 and about at the level for 2017. It is really a little disingenuous to say this is something new and that it suggests the Government is not in command of its brief. This is the Government responding to pressures that have arisen throughout the year that have to be paid for. We have to pay for these things. We cannot just ignore the fact that there are pressures concerning various elements of expenditure. We are not ignoring the fact that there are areas of under-expenditure. There is under-expenditure that can be factored back in.

There are greater levels of detail. I cannot really comment on the constituency issues raised but I am sure the relevant Ministers will be more capable of answering the questions. I can guarantee, however, that if the State agencies referred to a while ago did not respond positively in engaging with the communities being engaged with, we would have something else to say. Every day I come in here, I listen to questions for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Sometimes Members make demands as if there were an out-of-control taxi meter while, at the same time, they criticise the fact that we are today looking for an additional €634 million. In the round, everybody accepts that these things have to be paid for.

  Votes put and agreed to.

Messages from Select Committee

Acting Chairman (Deputy Declan Breathnach): Information on Declan Breathnach Zoom on Declan Breathnach The Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach has completed its consideration of the Migration of Participating Securities Bill 2019 and has made no amendments thereto.

  The Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach has completed its consideration of the Investment Limited Partnerships (Amendment Bill) 2019 and has made no amendment thereto.

Estimates for Public Services 2019: Message from Select Committee

Acting Chairman (Deputy Declan Breathnach): Information on Declan Breathnach Zoom on Declan Breathnach The Select Committee on Education and Skills has completed its consideration of the following Supplementary Estimate for public services for the service of the year ending 31 December 2019: Vote 26.

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters

Acting Chairman (Deputy Declan Breathnach): Information on Declan Breathnach Zoom on Declan Breathnach I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 29A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Robert Troy - to discuss the provision of facilities for an MRI scanner for Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar; (2) Deputies Thomas P. Broughan, Gino Kenny, Ruth Coppinger, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy and Mattie McGrath - to discuss improvements in the diagnosis and the treatment of endometriosis; (3) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - to discuss the advancement of housing development on vacant lands at Hazelhatch, Celbridge; (4) Deputy Noel Rock - to discuss extending the north-east inner city initiative to Ballymun; (5) Deputy Seán Crowe - to discuss the threat of rising insurance costs to small businesses, community centres and childcare providers; (6) Deputy Mary Butler - to discuss the stoma clinic service at University Hospital Waterford; (7) Deputy John Brady - to discuss manning levels in the fire service in Bray, County Wicklow; (8) Deputy John Lahart - to discuss the relocation of Firhouse Educate Together secondary school for 18 to 24 months; (9) Deputy Paul Murphy - to discuss the recent report on relationships and sexuality education in primary and post-primary schools; (10) Deputy Carol Nolan - to discuss delays in the issuing of tree-felling licences; (11) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - to discuss measures taken to reopen the live crab export market to China; (12) Deputy Aindrias Moynihan - to discuss the provision of the new Garda station at Macroom; and (13) Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher - to discuss the registration of Little Learner's Montessori, Glenties, County Donegal.

Rent Freeze (Fair Rent) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members]

Acting Chairman (Deputy Declan Breathnach): Information on Declan Breathnach Zoom on Declan Breathnach I must now deal with a postponed division relating to Second Stage of the Rent Freeze (Fair Rent) Bill 2019, taken on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. On the question, "That the Bill be now read a Second Time", a division was claimed, and in accordance with Standing Order 70(2) that division must be taken now.

Question put: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."

The Dáil divided: Tá, 83; Níl, 36; Staon, 0.

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Information on Bobby Aylward  Zoom on Bobby Aylward  Aylward, Bobby. Information on Maria Bailey  Zoom on Maria Bailey  Bailey, Maria.    
Information on Mick Barry  Zoom on Mick Barry  Barry, Mick. Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Barrett, Seán.    
Information on John Brady  Zoom on John Brady  Brady, John. Information on Pat Breen  Zoom on Pat Breen  Breen, Pat.    
Information on John Brassil  Zoom on John Brassil  Brassil, John. Information on Colm Brophy  Zoom on Colm Brophy  Brophy, Colm.    
Information on Declan Breathnach  Zoom on Declan Breathnach  Breathnach, Declan. Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Bruton, Richard.    
Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  Broughan, Thomas P. Information on Peter Burke  Zoom on Peter Burke  Burke, Peter.    
Information on James Browne  Zoom on James Browne  Browne, James. Information on Ciarán Cannon  Zoom on Ciarán Cannon  Cannon, Ciarán.    
Information on Pat Buckley  Zoom on Pat Buckley  Buckley, Pat. Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey  Carey, Joe.    
Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan. Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy  Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy  Corcoran Kennedy, Marcella.    
Information on Mary Butler  Zoom on Mary Butler  Butler, Mary. Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Coveney, Simon.    
Information on Thomas Byrne  Zoom on Thomas Byrne  Byrne, Thomas. Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed  Creed, Michael.    
Information on Jackie Cahill  Zoom on Jackie Cahill  Cahill, Jackie. Information on Michael  D'Arcy  Zoom on Michael  D'Arcy  D'Arcy, Michael.    
Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary  Calleary, Dara. Information on Regina Doherty  Zoom on Regina Doherty  Doherty, Regina.    
Information on Pat Casey  Zoom on Pat Casey  Casey, Pat. Information on Paschal Donohoe  Zoom on Paschal Donohoe  Donohoe, Paschal.    
Information on Shane Cassells  Zoom on Shane Cassells  Cassells, Shane. Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J.    
Information on Jack Chambers  Zoom on Jack Chambers  Chambers, Jack. Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien.    
Information on Joan Collins  Zoom on Joan Collins  Collins, Joan. Information on Alan Farrell  Zoom on Alan Farrell  Farrell, Alan.    
Information on Michael Collins  Zoom on Michael Collins  Collins, Michael. Information on Charles Flanagan  Zoom on Charles Flanagan  Flanagan, Charles.    
Information on Niall Collins  Zoom on Niall Collins  Collins, Niall. Information on Simon Harris  Zoom on Simon Harris  Harris, Simon.    
Information on Catherine Connolly  Zoom on Catherine Connolly  Connolly, Catherine. Information on Martin Heydon  Zoom on Martin Heydon  Heydon, Martin.    
Information on Ruth Coppinger  Zoom on Ruth Coppinger  Coppinger, Ruth. Information on Heather Humphreys  Zoom on Heather Humphreys  Humphreys, Heather.    
Information on Barry Cowen  Zoom on Barry Cowen  Cowen, Barry. Information on Seán Kyne  Zoom on Seán Kyne  Kyne, Seán.    
Information on Seán Crowe  Zoom on Seán Crowe  Crowe, Seán. Information on Josepha Madigan  Zoom on Josepha Madigan  Madigan, Josepha.    
Information on David Cullinane  Zoom on David Cullinane  Cullinane, David. Information on Tony McLoughlin  Zoom on Tony McLoughlin  McLoughlin, Tony.    
Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran  Curran, John. Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor  Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor  Mitchell O'Connor, Mary.    
Information on Pearse Doherty  Zoom on Pearse Doherty  Doherty, Pearse. Information on Kevin Boxer Moran  Zoom on Kevin Boxer Moran  Moran, Kevin Boxer.    
Information on Stephen Donnelly  Zoom on Stephen Donnelly  Donnelly, Stephen. Information on Eoghan Murphy  Zoom on Eoghan Murphy  Murphy, Eoghan.    
Information on Timmy Dooley  Zoom on Timmy Dooley  Dooley, Timmy. Information on Hildegarde Naughton  Zoom on Hildegarde Naughton  Naughton, Hildegarde.    
Information on Dessie Ellis  Zoom on Dessie Ellis  Ellis, Dessie. Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  Noonan, Michael.    
Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris  Ferris, Martin. Information on Kate O'Connell  Zoom on Kate O'Connell  O'Connell, Kate.    
Information on Michael Fitzmaurice  Zoom on Michael Fitzmaurice  Fitzmaurice, Michael. Information on Patrick O'Donovan  Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan  O'Donovan, Patrick.    
Information on Peter Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Peter Fitzpatrick  Fitzpatrick, Peter. Information on John Paul Phelan  Zoom on John Paul Phelan  Phelan, John Paul.    
Information on Seán Fleming  Zoom on Seán Fleming  Fleming, Sean. Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring  Ring, Michael.    
Information on Kathleen Funchion  Zoom on Kathleen Funchion  Funchion, Kathleen. Information on Noel Rock  Zoom on Noel Rock  Rock, Noel.    
Information on Michael Harty  Zoom on Michael Harty  Harty, Michael. Information on Shane Ross  Zoom on Shane Ross  Ross, Shane.    
Information on Seán Haughey  Zoom on Seán Haughey  Haughey, Seán. Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton  Stanton, David.    
Information on Seamus Healy  Zoom on Seamus Healy  Healy, Seamus.      
Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Howlin, Brendan.      
Information on Alan Kelly  Zoom on Alan Kelly  Kelly, Alan.      
Information on Gino Kenny  Zoom on Gino Kenny  Kenny, Gino.      
Information on Martin Kenny  Zoom on Martin Kenny  Kenny, Martin.      
Information on John Lahart  Zoom on John Lahart  Lahart, John.      
Information on James Lawless  Zoom on James Lawless  Lawless, James.      
Information on Michael Lowry  Zoom on Michael Lowry  Lowry, Michael.      
Information on Catherine Martin  Zoom on Catherine Martin  Martin, Catherine.      
Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Martin, Micheál.      
Information on Charlie McConalogue  Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  McConalogue, Charlie.      
Information on Michael McGrath  Zoom on Michael McGrath  McGrath, Michael.      
Information on Denise Mitchell  Zoom on Denise Mitchell  Mitchell, Denise.      
Information on Aindrias Moynihan  Zoom on Aindrias Moynihan  Moynihan, Aindrias.      
Information on Imelda Munster  Zoom on Imelda Munster  Munster, Imelda.      
Information on Margaret Murphy O'Mahony  Zoom on Margaret Murphy O'Mahony  Murphy O'Mahony, Margaret.      
Information on Catherine Murphy  Zoom on Catherine Murphy  Murphy, Catherine.      
Information on Eugene Murphy  Zoom on Eugene Murphy  Murphy, Eugene.      
Information on Paul Murphy  Zoom on Paul Murphy  Murphy, Paul.      
Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten  Naughten, Denis.      
Information on Carol Nolan  Zoom on Carol Nolan  Nolan, Carol.      
Information on Darragh O'Brien  Zoom on Darragh O'Brien  O'Brien, Darragh.      
Information on Joe O'Brien  Zoom on Joe O'Brien  O'Brien, Joe.      
Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea  O'Dea, Willie.      
Information on Kevin O'Keeffe  Zoom on Kevin O'Keeffe  O'Keeffe, Kevin.      
Information on Fiona O'Loughlin  Zoom on Fiona O'Loughlin  O'Loughlin, Fiona.      
Information on Louise O'Reilly  Zoom on Louise O'Reilly  O'Reilly, Louise.      
Information on Frank O'Rourke  Zoom on Frank O'Rourke  O'Rourke, Frank.      
Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan  O'Sullivan, Jan.      
Information on Maureen O'Sullivan  Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan  O'Sullivan, Maureen.      
Information on Pádraig O'Sullivan  Zoom on Pádraig O'Sullivan  O'Sullivan, Pádraig.      
Information on Eoin Ó Broin  Zoom on Eoin Ó Broin  Ó Broin, Eoin.      
Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.      
Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  Ó Cuív, Éamon.      
Information on Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire  Zoom on Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire  Ó Laoghaire, Donnchadh.      
Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.      
Information on Thomas Pringle  Zoom on Thomas Pringle  Pringle, Thomas.      
Information on Anne Rabbitte  Zoom on Anne Rabbitte  Rabbitte, Anne.      
Information on Brendan Ryan  Zoom on Brendan Ryan  Ryan, Brendan.      
Information on Eamon Scanlon  Zoom on Eamon Scanlon  Scanlon, Eamon.      
Information on Seán Sherlock  Zoom on Seán Sherlock  Sherlock, Sean.      
Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  Shortall, Róisín.      
Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan.      
Information on Niamh Smyth  Zoom on Niamh Smyth  Smyth, Niamh.      
Information on Brian Stanley  Zoom on Brian Stanley  Stanley, Brian.      
Information on Peadar Tóibín  Zoom on Peadar Tóibín  Tóibín, Peadar.      
Information on Mark Ward  Zoom on Mark Ward  Ward, Mark.      

Tellers: Tá, Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Denise Mitchell; Níl, Deputies Seán Kyne and Tony McLoughlin.

Question declared carried.

  Sitting suspended at 2.10 p.m. and resumed at 2.50 p.m.


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